King’s Lynn driver on right road second time round

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A learner driver from Lynn who hit the headlines for becoming one of the quickest to fail a driving test has finally been able to rip up his L-plates.

Two weeks after driving out of the examination centre at Rollesby Road on the wrong side of the road a few seconds into his test, Craig Barraza, 33, put his ‘L’ of an error behind him to pass.

Mr Barraza, who suffered an instant fail a fortnight ago, said: “It’s a relief and also a little bit of an anti-climax after everything that has happened.

“I did feel massive pressure this time because of my mind lapse before.

“I was more happy for my instructor than what I was for myself as I think he has had the raw daw from all of this.”

After sharing news of his original disaster on social media, Mr Barraza’s blunder went viral and he received dozens of messages of “support” from pals.

The hapless motorist, who hails from Scotland, admitted to having a mind blank and to taking a 50-50 chance when he pulled out of the examination centre on the wrong side of the road at the beginning of the month.

He broke his good news on his Facebook page on Thursday evening, saying: “Shout out to my driving instructor Steve Fletcher.

“He probably got a bad reputation for my failing two weeks ago, when it had nothing to do with him, and was nothing more than my own stupidity.

“He has been an exceptional instructor, whom I would highly recommend to others locally.

“He has kept me at ease, has been very encouraging, guided me through my lessons superbly, and believed in me the entire time.

“More than that though, he is actually a wonderful man, who I have become very friendly with and will most definitely be meeting up for a couple of pints.

“Thank you, sir.”

West Rudham-based Mr Fletcher, who runs the Steve Fletcher Driving School, responded to his protege’s post by saying: “Well done Craig a really well deserved pass, you have been a pleasure to teach.

“I will miss your good humour. Good luck and safe driving for the future.”